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Are the "spoon" questions on-topic? And should they be?

I'm not currently a particularly active user on Worldbuilding, although I've contributed a bunch of answer back when the site was new. I do, however, regularly visit several other sites on the Stack ...
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Enough is enough. NOBODY can obey rules that are only in someone's head [duplicate]

Relating to this question. Since when can a question be closed for poor quality? The two respondants to my challenge to justify the closure said that it's just a physics question (which we answer ...
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Accepted answer is a mix of given answers

I am new on this site, I asked this question about the logistics of corpse disposal for inspiration on a short story I'm working on. After reading the answers I decided on my own version which ...
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"Only Three Books" question set

So far there are two of these, one on There are now 4 of these: Chemistry, Physics, Grain, and Medicine. Essentially the question is: Which three books should be preserved, in the event that our ...
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Are the questions "How will our world change if all {men,women} suddenly die?" on topic or not?

There seems to be considerable disagreement about the questions How will our world change if all men suddenly die? and How will our world change if all women suddenly die?, which are bouncing back and ...
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Magic is primarily opinion-based by definition, so what does a POB VTC mean?

Considering the closure of Is magical rapid premature aging painful? And relating to this meta question and this meta question. Magic is Primarily Opinion-Based (POB) by definition. Without some ...
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So, I started with joke and people took it seriously. What can be done with the question?

Today, I got idea for a joke. Worldbuilding moderators are taking over the world! So, I posted it as a question Inspired by Facebook sysadmins preventing Cthulhu, my original idea was, that joke ...
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Closing of True Name question

This question: You can control a Demon by knowing its True Name, but why? Got closed. I can see why as it's pushing into Opinion Based/Too Broad, but I don't really think it crosses the line - ...
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When and how to challenge the back story?

I was in the middle of answering this newly asked question when it was deleted by the author. It had been up for 30 minutes. I can't read the OP's mind, but I suspect the question was closed because ...
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Should we prefer British or American spelling?

I was looking at the edits for a post and I noticed that someone changed "neighboring" to "neighbouring" in an edit. I've been avoiding edits like that on the assumption that people should be able to ...
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Should questions about painfully killing people be welcomed on this site?

Specific question in discussion: gruesome execution by slow dissolution in low-concentration acid solution But lets talk more generic: Questions of how to kill a person, or set of people are ...
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Reasoning behind deletion of gruesome content

Yesterday, there was a question of rather gruesome content. OP asked on how to make female-on-male rape a torture practice. No surprise this question got disliked a lot simply for its content - not ...
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"Question Closed: Too Broad" despite numerous clarifications and stipulations

The question of interest is here: All Else Equal, would certain human types be better suited for living in an Ice Age? I'm not trying to be a poor sport or anything. In the past, I have had several ...
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Why is the map projection question too opinion based?

There is a recent Map Projection question: Which map projection would result in an accurate visual depiction of a mega crater? It seems quite clear to me, how does the asker map a large physical ...
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Migrated question to Writers SE

The question How can I have a war with no “good” or “evil” side? was recently kicked to [Writers Stack Exchange As the question stands now, this has nothing to do with the literary element of writing....
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Why are 100% incorrect answers on this question highly upvoted and not deleted?

What single element could destroy the world? Some of the answers seem to be - while amusing - either 100% wrong (the proposed method wouldn't destroy ALL life), or outside the question's clearly ...
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Is this question about the colonization of Mercury on-topic?

Yesterday, a user asked How do you set up a long term colony on Mercury. The original title and text were How could we survive on Mercury? I am doing a project on planets and I was given Mercury. I ...
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Rules for editing questions

This question recently was edited and approved: How to protect a space elevator against terrorism The edit provided an embedded picture and link to a relevant xkcd comic. The comic was already linked ...
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Why is the celibacy question opinion-based (or unclear)?

How can catholic doctrine justify celibacy if the world has a co-creator? is currently on hold as primarily opinion-based, with a comment saying it's unclear. What needs to happen for this question ...
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Should there be a canonical "habitability" question?

We get a lot of questions about planetary habitability (just to name a few). This search will give you these and many, many more. I enjoy answering these, as Astronomy is one of my passions and I've ...
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Does the "force-sensitive" question need to be limited somehow?

How to limit the proportion of a Force sensitive population? was asked 16 hours ago and already has 17 answers, all score 0 or higher. The question lays out an interesting problem and describes some ...
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Why migrate a question to a stack on which it is even more off-topic than it already was?

I asked this question some hours ago, a question which turns out to be more complex and have more implications built into than is useful, so it was closed, that's fine by me. But then it was migrated, ...
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Consensus for Shapes for an Infinite Animal

This is in regard to the question Shapes for an Infinite Animal. I consider the question to be lacking some critical criteria to be objectively answerable with a "best" answer, and commented as such (...
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Why did my/all answers get the hard-science tag warning banner on this question?

In reference to Create gold or lead from other substances, all but the most recent few answers have been tagged with the hard-science warning. You all know it: This question asks for hard science. ...
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Should we have a resource list on Main?

Regarding Is there a list of worldbuilding resources? I initially posted in the Sandbox a question about developing a basic outline for worldbuilding. Comments with a couple of people (lengthy ...
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Is the question "Hacking the universe" too broad?

The question Hacking the universe has shown up on several different "be aware" lists (particularly, answer flagging and number of answers in a short period of time). The question basically boils down ...
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Are pictures of fishbowls on wheels valid answers?

As of the writing of this post, there are three particular answers to What would an out-of-water submarine (for water-breathing mer-people) look like? which have raised some eyebrows, mine included. ...
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Can I transfer certain questions to a new account?

I have a question that is tied to my old account. I canceled that account and created a new one some time later.how can I get a question from back then transfered to my current account?
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Why is my question not about building a world?

My first question on this site has been put on hold because I am "asking questions about a story set in a world instead of about building a world". I read the linked explanation on meta, but I don't ...
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Can you help review the answers on this popular question?

We have a question that at the time of writing has over 30 answers (including deleted ones): Is there any job that can't be automated? With that sort of scale it's likely that excellent answers ...
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How to deal with questions that are clearly not meant seriously?

Yesterday there was a question by someone implying the real earth is flat and how a round world would keep all the water on it. It has been heavily edited since. The original question was: Water on ...
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Site Policy: Judging When a Question is a Duplicate

For anyone who knows the kind of question I post, I put a great deal of effort into making sure a question is unique. I check the site for similar questions to see if those answer the one I would ...
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How to rewrite a controversial question when I didn't get the answers I was expecting?

I recently wrote a question on a controversial topic, transgender hormone medication. I knew it was controversial and tried to focus on the least controversial aspect of the question, medication, as ...
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Is spatial trigonometry hard science?

The standard for hard-science is that we should edit out the tag if hard science is obviously not wanted. I.e. the asker doesn't want to require equations or citations in the answers. In this ...
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Is questioning a well known trope on topic?

The question Virtual Reality and Physical Trauma is basically asking if there's any basis to the trope that wounds gained in VR appear in real life. Is reality checking a known trope on topic?
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Is the "international waters" question on-topic?

Using international waters to avoid legal punishment seems to be asking a real-world legal question. I think law is in principle on-topic on Worldbuilding (same as sociology or religion or other "how ...
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Should we close "must magic be tied to medieval tech?"?

I asked Must magic be tied to medieval tech? back on day 1 or 2, when site scope had only loosely started to form out of the primordial glop. A new answer bumped it again today, prompting me to take ...
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Why is the antimatter question off-topic?

Antimatter Storage is currently on hold as off-topic. It has comments suggesting it be moved to Physics. It also has three reopen votes. It's not clear to me why it's off-topic. Merely also being ...
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How should I improve the way I edit questions?

Recently I received some very negative feedback after editing a question (see comments and edit history). To me, parts of the question were unstructured, and needed clarification, but to the asker, ...
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Why the down-votes?

This question about repulsive black holes has been heavily down-voted. Just in case those reading this might have joined in on this, I'd like to make a pitch for not doing it. The OP doesn't ...
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Is he dead yet?

I just did my fourth fifth(? stopped counting...) review on an answer to the question You are an advanced AI that controls a smart house. How do you kill your master? As it stands now, the question ...
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What happens if a poster's assumptions invalidate their answer when clarifications are made later

I am aware of On editing questions and invalidating answers but this is different. In my thread Would low-grade levitation be of any use? I gave basic rules. As time went by I received a flood of ...
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Does this question have too many questions in one?

I have mixed feelings on this question: Designing a binary asteroid pair On the one hand it's an excellent hard science question. On the other hand though it seems to be asking for a lot of different ...
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How can I edit this from plot to world building?

I'm new here, and I misunderstood the scope of the site when I asked my first question. https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/72401/how-does-a-no-body-get-elected-president-of-the-us ...
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Is this question too broad?

This question asks what possible events could bring about a global government collapse. We have a consensus that we don't do idea-generation for storytelling. Specific examples from that meta post: ...
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Can we better welcome this first-time poster?

What would be the main reason to avoid providing confidential data to the police by a company? This Q starts with a note about being a first-time poster and not a native English speaker, etc. So It'...
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How can a parody of an out-of-universe movie question be Worldbuilding?

Why does the Conjoined Alliance of Space Travellers keep producing red uniforms? How this is on-topic? I was going to flag it but hesitated, as I neither understand the insider jokes, nor I'm too ...
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How to handle this extensive edit

A new user asked How will our world change if all animals suddenly die?. The OP indicated the question was asked as a result of the previous "all men/women suddenly die" questions, which were both ...
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Is the customized car question on- or off-topic?

This recent question about making a car unavailable to some users seems have sparked some interest from high- and low-rep users alike, but there appears to be a growing consensus that it isn't on-...
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Reality Checking on questions not tagged "reality-check" | or ask questions differently?

In respect to the question here on Meta: Does adding context hurt questions? I was checking out that discussion because I think my most recent question (and, I feel like a lot of my questions) is ...

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